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Young migrants tell their stories at Inund'ART festival

In the annual art event in Girona, 'The dreamers' sees four foreign youngsters aiming to "break stereotypes" by relating the challenges they faced

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02 June 2019 05:37 PM

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ACN | Girona

The situation of underage migrants coming to Catalonia unaccompanied is a growing concern for society and the authorities, and a phenomenon that is on the rise.

Known as MENA, the number of unaccompanied young foreign migrants in Catalonia tripled in 2018, with around 2,000 children arriving in the second half of last year.

Ismael, Ayoub, Yamna and Hatim are four young migrants who as minors decided to abandon their countries to seek a brighter future in Europe.

As part of the Inund'ART art festival, which is taking place until Sunday in the northern city of Girona, the four youngsters will explain their situation in the aim of "breaking stereotypes."

The artistic project is a simulation of a house, in which each of the young migrants relate their childhoods, how they reached Girona, and what their lives have been like since.

Among the challenges facing underaged migrants is having to spend time in government residential centers and regularizing their legal situation once they turn 18.

'The dreamers' project can be visited as part of the art festival in Girona's Mercaders square during the whole of the weekend.

 

 

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  • Ayoub, one of the migrants taking part in the Inund'art festival (by Marina López)

  • Ayoub, one of the migrants taking part in the Inund'art festival (by Marina López)

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